Sean Nicholls

Sean Nicholls

Sean Nicholls is the State Political Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.

Barry O'Farrell takes aim and fires at Shooters and Fishers MP Robert Borsak

Sean Nicholls Former NSW premier Barry O'Farrell has unloaded on Shooters and Fishers MP Robert Borsak, lampooning him as having "the hunting skills of Dick Cheney" and comparing him to the satirical character...

MPs dumped from parliamentary committees after ICAC appearances

Removed from committees: Londonderry MP Bart Bassett outside the ICAC.

Sean Nicholls Four former Liberal MPs forced to move to the cross benches after appearing at the Independent Commission Against Corruption have been dumped from their prestigious committee positions.

John Robertson's adviser Ian McNamara returns to work after ICAC appearance

Ian McNamara leaving the Independent Commission Against Corruption on September 1, 2014.

Sean Nicholls Opposition Leader John Robertson's chief of staff, Ian McNamara, has returned to work a month after standing aside while he gave evidence to the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Medicinal cannabis clinical trial to begin in NSW

Dan Haslam.

Sean Nicholls The use of cannabis by terminally ill adults for medicinal purposes will be the subject of a clinical trial established by the NSW government, Premier Mike Baird has announced.

Gambling

Casino documents reveal agreement with James Packer's private company but details censored

James Packer

Sean Nicholls Previously secret documents relating to James Packer's proposed VIP casino at Barangaroo have been released by NSW gambling authority after Mr Packer's company Crown Resorts backed down on its...

ALP offers bipartisan support for medicinal cannabis in NSW

Sean Nicholls NSW moves closer to decriminalising cannabis for medical use.

New 'super precinct' needs better transport links, says lobby group

Barangaroo will need better public transport options, says a leading lobby group.

Sean Nicholls Billions of dollars worth of development which will see the Sydney CBD "pivot westwards" must be supported with better public transport options including new train and ferry routes and extended light...

Despite the carnage, Mike Baird's government could yet come up smiling

Sean Nicholls When Barry O'Farrell stepped out of the witness box at the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Tuesday, to then front the media pack waiting on Castlereagh Street, he had his lines carefully...

Family of Glen Turner appalled at proposed changes to land clearing laws

Sean Nicholls Family members of environment enforcement officer Glen Turner have attacked proposed changes to NSW land clearing laws and say they are "appalled" by a push to reduce potential penalties.

Six companies invited to apply for right to explore for uranium in NSW

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Sean Nicholls Six companies have been invited to apply for the right to explore for uranium in NSW, almost 

Mike Baird denies any knowledge of developer funding his policy director

Mike Baird has denied knowing a developer helped fund the position of his policy director.

Sean Nicholls Premier Mike Baird has denied knowing that developer and Liberal Party donor Brickworks helped fund the position of his policy director, Matt Crocker, while he worked as a researcher for the...

Barry O'Farrell tells ICAC: 'I don't know who the big man is'

Barry O'Farrell

Michaela Whitbourn, Kate McClymont, Sean Nicholls Former Premier Barry O'Farrell has taken a swipe at embattled coal mogul Nathan Tinkler as he told a corruption inquiry he was not the mysterious "big man" behind a $120,000 payment.

Barry O'Farrell wooed developer while it funded his researcher

Barry O'Farrell backed inner-city lockout laws.

Sean Nicholls Two weeks before the 2011 state election, then opposition leader Barry O'Farrell announced a tax policy that would benefit developer Brickworks while the company was allegedly bankrolling a...

Brickworks revelations show why donations system must change

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Sean Nicholls Allegations that developer Brickworks helped secretly fund not only the Liberal Party's 2011 state election campaign but also a key researcher in Barry O'Farrell's office in opposition highlight in...

Alcohol campaigner Tony Brown to run as independent in Newcastle byelection

Tony Brown is set to run as an independent.

Sean Nicholls Prominent alcohol reform campaigner Tony Brown has announced he will run as an independent in the October 25 Newcastle byelection sparked by the resignation of former Liberal MP Tim Owen.

Council amalgamations back on the agenda

Sean Nicholls The politically explosive issue of council amalgamations is set to be revisited by the NSW government after updated figures revealed the continuing deterioration of the state's local government...

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Miners, developers get environmental damage leeway

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Sean Nicholls Miners and other developers of major projects which cause environmental damage will find it easier to gain approval under a state government policy which gives them greater flexibility to offset the...

Coal lobby group urges Premier Mike Baird to help overturn court decision

Politically explosive issue: Premier Mike Baird.

Sean Nicholls Premier Mike Baird is being urged by NSW's peak coal industry lobby group to consider special legislation overturn a court decision which threw into doubt the proposed $800 million Wallarah 2 mine...

Thousands of Sydney city business owners warned they could lose right to vote

Nadia Neuman says she would relish the chance to vote.

Sean Nicholls Thousands of business owners in the City of Sydney are being warned they will lose the right to vote in council elections if the Baird government supports legislation before the NSW parliament...

Celebrated principal Jihad Dib to be parachuted in as ALP candidate despite John Robertson's democracy claim

Jihad Dib.

Sean Nicholls Celebrated school principal Jihad Dib will be installed as Labor's candidate for the state seat of Lakemba amid accusations the move undermines opposition leader John Robertson's commitment to...